YES! Arsenal in transfer swoop for TOP Argentine defender

I do like the Arsenal defensive pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. Even though the German has a distinct fault in his speed along the ground and in making quick turns, he does have an excellent reading of the game, very good aerial ability and is very good in the timing of his tackles.

Koscielny, meanwhile, has blossomed into one of the best centre backs around, but he does have that recurring problem with the tendons in his ankle, so a lot of Arsenal fans were hoping that Arsene Wenger had another quality defender on his shopping list for the summer transfer window.

Andrei Arshavin vows to win a trophy with Zenit

The Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin secured a last minute deal to move back to his old club Zenit on loan until the end of the (English) season, just a few hours after Arsene Wenger said that the Russia captain would not be leaving the Emirates.

Zenit drove a hard bargain when he originally moved to Arsenal and Arshavin acknowledged that it is something he is getting used to. “Friday was a difficult day,” he said. “Everything was decided at the last minute. I guess my transfers cannot be resolved any quicker!”

Arshavin had to go – but Arsenal will miss him…..

Yesterday the news broke that the enigmatic Andrei Arshavin has left on loan to his former club Zenit St Petersburg for the remainder of the season. My question is this: what do Arsenal fans think of this move?

Personally, I think that the move is a negative one for Arsenal Football Club. While I realise that the Russian trickster has had several poor performances of late, I still think that he has flair and a creative edge which can tip a game in our favour. He is a gamble, as often he doesn’t perform, but there is no doubt that he can be a real game changer. This is the logic that led Wenger to bring him on against United. Furthermore, we have now lost one more quality player from our bench, making it look even thinner than before.

Arsenal agree loan deal for Arshavin

It has just been reported by SkySports that Arsenal and Zenit have agreed a loan deal to take the little Russian Andrei Arshavin back to his homeland for the rest of the season.

Earlier in the day it was reported that the negotiations were “suspended” but it now seems that a deal has been agreed. The Sky report said: Sky Sports sources understand Arsenal and Zenit St Petersburg have agreed a loan deal for Andrey Arshavin.

The 30-year-old Russia international has struggled for form this season, leading to speculation his days at the North London club could be numbered.

Agent – Arshavin is STILL not leaving Arsenal!

After his annus horriblis at Arsenal in 2011, it seemed very likely that Andrei Arshavin would be moving on in January in search of regular first-team action ahead of the Euro 2012 tournament.

His agent, Phil Smith, revealed a couple of weeks ago that the Russian billionaire at Anzhi Makhachkala had made a tentative approach for Arshavin but his client wasn’t interested.

Lately the rumours have been surrounding a return to Arshavin’s old club Zenit St Petersburg, but Smith has felt the need to yet again deny that Arshavin is going anywhere at all. Smith said: “Officially there wasn’t an approach and Arshavin doesn’t have an offer either,”

Arshavin set to rejoin Zenit in £8m deal rather than Lazio

Yesterday it was widely reported that the Serie A club Lazio were keen on making a move for Arsenal’s out-of-favour midfielder Andrei Arshavin, but according to a report this morning it is already decided that he will be moving back to the Russian League with Zenit St. Petersburg.

Recently Arsenal gave Arshavin a pay rise to compensate for his losses from the new tax codes, but made no attempt to extend his contract and are quite happy for him to move on at the end of the season.

Wenger – Arshavin Is Staying In January

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger seems unwilling to let Russian forward Andrey Arshavin go in January even though the winger grew frustrated by the lack of chances he got with the Gunners since the summer when Gervinho was brought in.

According to Wenger his plans with the former Zenit player are not yet over and he needs him to be there for the second part of the season, so a possible transfer away from the club is unlikely.

“I am losing players like ­Marouane Chamakh and ­Gervinho to the African Cup of Nations, but I have players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ju Young Park and Andrey ­Arshavin to come in.”, said Wenger